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Bobby Storey both led us and misled us in equal measure... for that I will neither gloat nor grieve

Anthony McIntyre


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Divisive figure: Bobby Storey was a determined IRA volunteer who would later turn his back on armed struggle and those whom he had served alongside

Divisive figure: Bobby Storey was a determined IRA volunteer who would later turn his back on armed struggle and those whom he had served alongside

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Divisive figure: Bobby Storey was a determined IRA volunteer who would later turn his back on armed struggle and those whom he had served alongside

RIP Bobby. It was one of the first things I posted online shortly after former blanketmen from Derry and Belfast contacted me within minutes of each other last Sunday with the news that the senior IRA volunteer Bobby Storey had died.

Rest In Peace, in spite of my many differences with him, was a simple, but direct, disavowal of the gloating that would surely emerge from some republican quarters following his death.

People are free to remember him in whatever way they wish. Already, there are enough bidding him devil-speed to the fires of some non-existent hell.